Suggestions for improvement
- I would increase the pay to above poverty levels, to start, and to adequately reflect the work that employees perform to their necessity as the cogs that run the giant machine. I would increase benefits to cover all basic costs that occur during the duration of employment (not just within the last calendar year), and to cover procedures that are necessary and above routine checkups. I would offer more preventative services (aside from routine exams) to be covered by health insurance benefits. I would upgrade plumbing and electrical services in older buildings to meet current needs. I would like to see more encouragement for cross-departmental camaraderie meetings (to increase employee quality of life), and offer holiday bonuses for all civil service and laboring positions. Anything to help offset the low-pay and low-benefit standards NIU has come to readopt and lower every year.
What I like about the company
Depending on your department, you may get a good manager, or you may not. Hours are generally set, but can be flexible, if your manager is willing/able to work with you, so you can meet outside of work needs during business hours (for making up time lost, or approving time away from work, etc.). You may have a personal work space (which can be very nice), or you may not (and have to share a common office space and/or desk). There used to be free printing for employees, but that has been taken away. There is no time-clock for punching in, and your specific work hours are recorded at your own discretion, as long as you work within the expected guidelines of 8-4:30 (with a lunch hour between 12 and 1), and do not work more than 37.5 hours/week (for fulltime). They are contracted with EcoWater to provide clean filtered drinking water, in lieu of the water fountains (which are not filtered for lead/rust/etc.). You're allowed to leave the site for your lunch hour, as you wish, as long as you're back after 1 hour. The tasks required are fairly routine and easy to accomplish.
What I dislike about the company
Micromanaging is too frequent and varies from department to department - employees should be able to accomplish their tasks (correctly) without constantly being scrutinized or overseen on such a regular basis. Benefits and/or perks are slowly taken awayor minimized over time (available parking is reduced, employee benefits do not cover as much from year to year, more regulations are implemented as the state budget is affected/reduced, office supplies become less available, work loads often get split between several different employees in a given department, above and beyond job descriptions).